Panda Security: Fraudsters Use BBC Real News as Bait
Written by Neil Martin from Panda Security.
PandaLabs, the antimalware laboratory of Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today released a warning of a new malicious spam campaign making use of a story on the reputable BBC News website to add credence to the phishing attempt.
“For many years we have seen typical fraud cases where you are told ‘you have won a lottery prize’, or ‘someone from Nigeria’ has chosen you to give you millions of dollars… which also means that users are more suspicious of these kind of messages and hopefully avoid falling into the spammers trap” comments Director of PandaLabs Luis Corrons, “And that’s why fraudsters try to innovate and create more realistic scenarios based on current affairs. This week there is a message spammed to a number of users worldwide talking about a donation”
You have been donated 1,000,000 GBP send name address mobile no for more info, Please read the article – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26632914
To make it more realistic, the subject of the email reads “From Neil Trotter” and if you click on reply, it will send the message with whatever you write to “email@example.com”.
Luis Corrons continues “Of course users should never send any information to people they do not know of, even if they promise to give you 1.5 million Pounds.”
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